| firstname.lastname@example.org says...
| > How about a device to go in your transmitter that would shut it down if the
| > sticks were not moved in a certain time (programmable). It would turn on
| > again as soon as a stick was moved.
| So, you turn in the frequency pin. Whip out the spray, hose your baby
| down, and break out the towels. Got her all cleaned up and packed away,
| so you grab your transmitter as someone is taxiing his quarter scale out
| of the pits. Care to guess what happens next?
Pretty much the same thing that may have happened if your radio didn't
have a auto turn off feature. As long as the pilot's signal is
stronger than your signal, his plane has a good chance of not going
out of control. But the reletive strengths could certainly change
| What is the use of the turn it back on portion of the equation? I can
| see the auto turn off feature as a great idea.
One fun-fly contest idea is to see who can fly their plane the longest
without touching any controls at all. And glider pilots know to trim
their planes properly and not touch anything when looking for
thermals. It could be very bad for your transmitter to just turn
itself off during a flight.
Though a long enough delay (15-30 minutes?) would probably alleviate
To be fair though, this isn't a good idea for a gadget to add onto a
transmitter. Instead, it's a good idea for a feature to add to a
transmitter when you're building it.
Doug McLaren, email@example.com Speed thrills.